Wednesday, May 5, 2021

DARLING, PLEASE LET ME KILL YOU

 

It’s the monthly blog hop/ known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You’re invited to join if you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers. It happens the first Wednesday of each month, and it would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

The May 5th questionis:  Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?

The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone,  Cathrina Constantine!

 

Recently...

A reader of my book, Azael’s Lot

Responded so favorably to it...

That I thought she was referring to someone else’s book.

(Yeah, that’s the insecure part of me)

I challenged her with a few questions...

And to my surprise she answered them...

And then she had some of her own like:

Had I ever thought of an alternative ending?

Why had I chosen the setting that I did?

How long did my research take…and more. 

She then said she was glad...

That although it seemed that I would kill off one of my main characters... 

I didn’t...

However, I told her I actually had thought of killing her...

The character, that is. . .not her...

Because when I’d heard the term “kill your darlings” ...

I thought it only meant killing a beloved main character.

But I love this character and I didn’t have the heart. 

Plus, she’ll appear in a sequel...

And I don’t want her coming back as a ghost.

Curious then about the quote... 

I researched it...

And though it's often attributed to William Faulkner...

It's actually British Writer, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, 1916 

Who first said: “Murder your darlings” 

Since then it has also been attributed to several other great writers: OscarWilde, Allen Ginsberg, Eudora Welty, and Anton Chekov...

Even Stephen King. 

In King'sOn Writing”: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000 he said: 

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

Here’s an article from a recent MasterClass ...

About what “killing your darlings” means.

Writing is a painful process and most experienced writers will tell you that good writing involves substantial rewriting. An essential part of the rewriting process is combing through your work and cutting out material that isn’t essential. Sometimes this means we have to lose things that we are proud of and attached to. When you edit out material like this, you are killing your darlings.


So?

Ever kill any of your darlings? Care to share?

Or

Ever get an unexpected response to your writing?

 

Always, 

Em-Musing

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

QUOTH EM-MUSING EVERMORE


 This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Groupfounded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   

Thanks to our awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG! PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard,         

                                                     and Diane Burton!


April 7th's question, if you'd like to answer it, is:  Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?


Hmm?

Let’s see...

Do I take risks when writing?

Try something radically different?

Use controversial topics?

Yes...

Uh huh...

&

Yup.

I’ve blogged before how stories just come to me...

And sure enough, about a year ago...

Disjointed notions came to me fast and furious...

And I wrote them down...

Not caring about punctuation or spelling.

At first they were quotes...

One-liners...

Two-liners...

Then a paragraph, or a poem... 

Even some flash fiction.  

A while went by... 

And I went back and read what I had written... 

Many were humorous, some poignant, some thought provoking...

While others were…well… adult...  

That smacked my reality in your face... 

And I thought—what has gotten into me?

So, I researched and found this:


Dirty realism is a term coined in 1983 by Bill Buford of Granta magazine to define a new voice in a North American literary movement. Writers of this sub-category of realism use an economy of unadorned language with a disturbing detachment at times verging on comedy, irony, and can often be savage. Dirty Realism is considered a variety of Literary minimalism. 


Charles Bukowski was a master of this












I love writing this kind of stuff...

Especially my quotes...

But I got to tell ya...

It ain’t easy taking the criticism...

When I read my stuff...

And people are expecting something pretty...

And all I give them is dirty...

Realism, that is.

Here are two my softer ones:   


Sadness’ of the past resurrect 

into physical pains dressed up in 

emotional costumes - Leigh Caron


What does it mean when the only time he tells you he loves you is when he’s drunk?

I don’t know either

But I sure as hell am going to give him lots of drinks. 

Often - Leigh Caron                  


So? 

Have you ever taken any risks with your writing?

Do tell.


Always,

Em-Musing  


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

 This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each

month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @The IWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

   Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!          

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!


March 3 question: Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

 

COMINGS & GOINGS


My writing always “comes” to me...

Sometimes it’s dark...

Sometimes it’s humorous like my current W.I.P...

Sometimes it’s poetry...

Which is odd...

Because I don’t even like reading poetry.

But when it comes to my reading choices...

I “go” to them...

Online. I buy books of my favorite authors, or recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers. 

In person, it’s to brick and mortar book stores I go...

And trust me... 

If you embarrass easily...

Never go with me into Barnes & Noble...

‘Cause I’m in heaven being surrounded by so many books...




And I just might breakout in dance down the aisles...

Hip-hopping to the Horror & Supernatural section...

Salsa stepping to Science Fiction & Fantasy...

Mambo moving to the Mysteries...

Twisting to the Thrillers...

Not to mention...

Doing a rumba towards the New Releases & Reduced racks.

So many genres!

So many choices!

My eyes dazzle with the artistry of all the cover art.

It’s one of the reasons why I don’t like eBooks...

(not a critisim of other readers’ choice, only my preference)

I can’t see me doing disco around a device.

And the garnish for all genres?

The whiff of coffee wafting in the air... 

Giving me a double expresso shot of bliss.

And you?

Do you read what you write?

 

Always,

Em-Musing

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

SIZE MATTERS









Downsizing can often  be a good thing...

But downsizing the size of words?

Either on paper or the Internet?

What’s the point?

Or should I say - what's the point size.

Seems this is a new trend... 

More and more websites and printed pieces that I see... 

(or cannot see well)

Are doing this...

And not only are the words smaller, but thinner.

Why? 

I feel like I'm being given an eye examination I didn't ask for.

Do they think tiny skinny words... 

Make them more creative?

Prove they have better eyesight?

Or...

It's a  conspiracy...

By BIG EYE companies...

To make people run eye doctors screaming. Help! I'm losing may eyesight!! I need glasses!

Or...

Make people keep buying more "readers"?

Or...

Those in the advertising world...

Have a not-so-funny sense of humor?

But to prove I am a trendy kinda girl...

Here's my new business card:








So?

What are your thoughts? 

if you cn even read this...


 Always,

Em-Musing

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

UN A BASHFULLY ME

 

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   


Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  

 

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

 

February 3 question: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. 

It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. 

Have you made any friends through the blogsphere?


Oooo...

That’s a scary question.

Why scary?

Well...

I belong to the IWSG because I…um…well…um...I’m insecure.

I don’t interact in the blogosphere...

Enough to make friends... 

But here on the IWSG blog...

I have “connected” with some amazing writers... 

I follow them & leave comments...

They follow me & leave comments...

LOVE THAT!

But that's as far as my insecurities will allow.

E.G...

When I released my book last year...

I wanted to shout it out to the world about it...

But all I did was…

Put up one single post of me showing my book. 



The thought of asking someone 
To help in any way to promote it?

Couldn’t do it.





But the ironic thing about my insecurity... 

I used to do on-camera work for video & TV. 

Yup! 

Me!

In front of a whole camera crew. 

And I loved it! 

But the difference was... 

I HAD A SCRIPT!

And if I flubbed?

CUT! Take 2, or 3...or whatever.

I do not have a script for my life.        

If I flub...

BAM! It's out there...

No do-overs. 

And that's why I love blogging...

I write stories with my slant on things... 

Hopefully entertaining and sometimes amusing ones...

And I can edit to my heart's content.

But me just being me out there?

Not at all comfy with that. 

I do however...

Love meeting new people... 

But it usually them reaching out to me first.

Ya know how people always ask:

"If you could change one thing about yourself...

What would it be?"

It'd be my insecurity. It doesn't really serve any purpose...

And I've missed opportunities along the way.

But to my own defense...

I'm waaaay better than I was years ago. 

Well... 

Now that I spilled my insecure guts out...

How about you?

Is it easy for you to make friends on the blogosphere?

And of you could change one thing about yourself...

What would it be?

 

Always,

Em-Musing

 


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

DONE GIRL

 


 

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!


 January 6 question - Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books. 


First HAPPY NEW WRITING YEAR!


Now on to answer this month's question:

When reading someone else’s book...

And I’m talking only fiction...

I want to be entertained... 

Give me humor, romance, horror, murder mysteries, thrillers, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, or even dystopian... 

But please...

Don't give me boredom!

To be fair though...

I will give a book a few-chapters-chance...

But if the plot and characters continue to be boring...

DONE! 

 

Podiums and soapboxes have their place...

But not in fiction... 

If an author tries to sway me...

With their views on religion, politics, or a social issue...

DONE!

 

Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive words...

Break my reality... 

It’s like a car racing to the finish line...

Only to have to slow down to avoid hitting a squirrel...

And I’m not talking about any ordinary word... 

But a word that is quirky at best... 

Annoying at worst.  

One millionaire author, who I will not name...

Used the word “hitch” so many times in her famous book... 

My eyes hitched!

DONE!

 

Bad research might happen in junior high...

But shouldn’t be in a book...

Especially if it's by a well known author. 

Recently... 

I read a book set at the end of the eighteen hundreds ...

The author said a character took a transatlantic flight...

HUH?  

So I Googled it...

Oops! 

The author and editors got it wrong.

DONE!  


Well, Almost... 

The story was so good I finished the book.


And as authors...

Don’t we all love research?

But all of those facts don’t need to be included... 

If they don’t advance the story... 

Um...excuse me...

***personal break ***

OK I'm back and...

OMG! 

Do you believe in synchronicity? 

I do and now even more so...

Ya see...

During my “break” ...

I continued  reading CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham...


So while on my 'break'I was reading a chapter where the characters are writers and were talking about what they don't like about another author's writing. The main character gave his opinion.


Here's the excerpt:

 






Synchronicity right?

So?

What makes you put down a book?

And...

Do you believe in synchronicity?


Always,

Em-Musing

 

P.S. No matter how bad a book is, I could never throw it  away. Instead, I give it away.